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Final blow for Mali-France relations

4th May 2022 - 10:41 GMT | by Patrick Aquilina in London

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Operation Barkhane started on 1 August 2014, while France will no longer operate in Mali it will continue its counterinsurgency operation in neighbouring states. (Photo: French Ministry of the Armed Forces)

The announcement on 2 May that Mali’s junta will be breaking from its defence accords with France signifies a new era in the nation, probably involving closer ties to Russia.

Mali’s junta announced on 2 May that it would be breaking from its defence accords with France, following strained relations and accusations that French forces had violated its national sovereignty.

The defence accords outlined the framework for France’s intervention in Mali. With this announcement, French and European counterinsurgency forces will no longer be able to operate in Malian territory.

Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga, a spokesman for the junta, referenced multiple instances of French forces violating the nation’s airspace and France’s decision to end joint operations with Malian forces in June 2021 as the reasons for this decision.

This announcement, particularly its reference to airspace violation,

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